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Can This French XV Reverse The Fortunes Of Les Bleus

France will be looking to rebuild under Guy Noves.

Despite possessing some of rugby’s wealthiest clubs and a hugely competitive domestic competition, France have struggled at international level for some time.

Indeed since 2008, France have only managed to win one Six Nations title, while the combined eight years under Marc Lièvremont and Philippe Saint-André have been characterised by inconsistent selection and controversy.

Coming off the back of their humiliation against New Zealand, France must now rebuild if they are to once more establish themselves as one of the game’s top sides.

Before selecting his squad, new coach, Guy Noves, must first establish how France will approach the game. Are they to return to their traditional flair game, or will France continue to adopt the attritional style employed by both Lièvremont and Saint-André.

Whatever he decides to do, Noves has an enviable amount of talent to chose from. However, while France have continued to produce big forwards, they do not have the same level of talent at out half or in midfield.

François Trinh-Duc’s injury means that Noves will have to select from either Jules Plisson or Camille Lopez. In midfield, Noves must decide to continue with Mathieu Bastareaud or look to the far more mobile combination of Gaël Fickou and Wesley Fofana.

However given the indifferent form of both Fickou and Fofana for France in recent years, Noves could look to either Toulon’s Maxime Mermoz or Stade’s Jonathan Danty.

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Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena



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Author: The PA Team

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